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April 17, 2014

What You Need to Know

Cueto in Control

by Daniel Rathman


The Wednesday Takeaway
Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto enjoyed a career year in 2012, when he compiled a 2.78 ERA over 217 innings despite pitching half of his games in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the league. But the then-26-year-old’s ascent toward stardom was halted by a lat strain that he suffered last April and nursed for a month, only to have it recur twice and limit him to 11 starts.

A fall and winter of rest enabled Cueto to come to spring training at full strength. And if his results through four starts are any indication, he may be better than ever.

Cueto worked seven innings in each of his first three starts of the year, and he held the Cardinals, Mets, and Rays to no more than two runs apiece. On Wednesday afternoon, he turned things up a notch, going the distance and keeping the Pirates off the board entirely.

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draysbay
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David Price is toeing the bump for the Rays today, not shitbag Erik Bedard.

Apr 17, 2014 07:58 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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Fixed, thanks. The Bedard bit will reappear in tomorrow's WYNTK.

Apr 17, 2014 09:44 AM
 
Jamey
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I'm glad Cueto was in control and didn't end any further careers with kicks to the head.

Apr 17, 2014 08:38 AM
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klipzlskim

I can't believe someone mentioned that A's-Twins double-header in 1988! That's still my worst baseball experience ever. I was recovering from having my wisdom teeth removed, and as a reward, I got to go to the Coliseum to see my home team get blanked twice. I believe Dan Gladden homered in the first AB of game 1, and it was all downhill from there...

Apr 17, 2014 09:08 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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Yikes, that's a rough day.

Apr 17, 2014 09:47 AM
 
leez34

And Danny Salazar is pitching for the Indians today, not Masterson.

Apr 17, 2014 10:05 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Fixed.

Apr 17, 2014 10:25 AM
 
oslice

"and helped the Reds earn a 2-2 split on the heels of four straight series losses to begin 2014." It was a 3 game series. You may have been thrown off by game 1 being spread over 2 days. Reds won the series 2-1.

Enjoyed the write-up, though.

Apr 17, 2014 10:51 AM
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